“My grandpa worked and saved to buy this farm. I hope to pass this same farm down to my kids.”Abby Nichols
Name: Abby Nichols
Location: Franklin, Indiana
Years farming: I’ve farmed here full-time for five years.
My family: I was the youngest of three girls, and now farm with my husband Andy, dad, uncle, and cousin. My extended family is quite close as well.
How I came to be a farmer: I grew up on the farm and showed cattle in 4-H. In high school, I became quite active in FFA, and served as a national FFA officer, which gave me the opportunity to see how many opportunities there are in agriculture outside of my family’s farm. At that time I thought I wanted a career in agribusiness, but after visiting and meeting with many agriculture companies, I realized I had a deep love and pride for my family’s work – production agriculture. I knew that I would never be truly happy, unless I was farming with my family.
The best thing about being a farmer: Putting my hands in the soil, harvesting corn, watching a calf being born, watching the sunrise over a field. There is a wonderful mystery in production agriculture. While I know scientists can explain much of it, I still marvel at a corn plant or how a mama cow has the instincts to know how to raise a healthy calf. It’s hard to put the “best thing about being a farmer” in words. I feel lucky I get to do this for a living!
My personal philosophy on farming: To be a steward of the land and to continue to adopt modern production practices to improve the overall profitability and productivity of our farm.
For more information about cattle farming in Indiana, please visit www.indianabeef.org